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Winter 2023 Mindful Self Compassion Intensive

December 3 @ 6:00 pm - December 8 @ 12:00 pm

This course is available both in person and online. Choose which modality you prefer in tickets section.

Is Mindful Self Compassion for you?

If you are too hard on your self, learn the skills of befriending your own heart through the research supported mindful self compassion curriculum. Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being. While mindfulness increases our awareness of the present, self-compassion encourages greater kindness and understanding of periods of suffering. It also helps us accept our flaws and better understand our challenges.

MSC is a research-supported program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. Research on self-compassion have shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

As the name suggests, the MSC intensive is a deep dive into the practice of self-compassion in the support of a beautiful natural environment. While it can be emotionally challenging, concentrated MSC practice allows you to become deeply involved in MSC and experience its transformative potential. Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness.

Participants Will Learn:

To befriend their self–critic, develop self-compassion skills, and foster goodwill towards themselves and others. This eight week course explores typical responses as difficulties arise.


An MSC Intensive is a deep dive into the research based practices of MSC starting Sunday evening and going until Friday at noon. All material from the 8 week MSC course is covered in this 5 day intensive including the retreat which is a half day rather than a full day in the middle of the week.

MSC Training Modules Covered During this Intensive:

Session 1:  Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion

Session 2:  Practicing Mindfulness

Session 3:  Practicing Loving-Kindness

Session 4:  Discovering Your Compassionate Voice

Session 5:  Living Deeply

Session 6:  Meeting Difficult Emotions

Session 7:  Exploring Challenging Relationships

Session 8:  Embracing Your Life

Who Should Attend

All are welcome. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. This program qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.


5 Intensive days of MSC Group Practice

6pm December 3, 2023 to 12 noon December 8, 2023 with half day retreat included mid week.

Fees: $795

Course fee includes course handouts and guided meditations.

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201 McLeod Street unit 100 centrally located in downtown Ottawa , Ontario

Online option available 

Your Teacher:

Dr Kimberly Sogge PhD Cpysch is a registered clinical health psychologist and certified mindfulness and compassion teacher (IMTA, CMSC) with 18 years of dedicated experience as a practitioner of insight, compassion and nature-based meditation. She has had the benefit of skilled in person practice, training and mentoring from esteemed secular meditation teachers such as Jon Kabat Zinn, Kristin Neff, and Mark Coleman as well as with monastics and lay teachers from both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. Kimberly combines her lived experience of personal transformation through meditation and contemplative practice in nature with 30+ years of training and experience as a psychotherapist and psychologist. She draws from trauma-informed, somatic, internal family systems, compassion focused, and contextual behavioral science perspectives to create containers for re-alignment, transformation and renewed love for self and the living world in her courses and retreats. She specializes in work with burnout and stress in high performers, specifically physicians, and welcomes all who suffer from perfectionism and control to find liberation and compassionate self leadership.

Other Details:

Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

All participants must be free of substances

All participants must follow ORIMH COVID protocols for in person services

All participants must attend 80% of sessions to qualify for a certificate of completion

An invoice will be provided upon completion for this group activity under the clinician’s name and license number. If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.

Professional CEUs available in the form of a participation certificate which confirms the number of hours completed throughout the course.

Refund Policy:

No refunds, transfers only


Ottawa River Integrative Mental Health Inc.
(613) 656-3331
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Ottawa River Integrative
201 McLeod
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0Z9 Canada
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